Ways to Save the Day
By Gina Fowler
Tuscaloosa, Alabama: The Puzzled Press, 2021. Edition of 30.
4.5 x 8"; 24 pages with gray free end pages and pastedowns. Set in Athelas. Printed on Zerkall Book paper. Designed, printed and bound at the University of Alabama. Bound in clothes boards with paper title inset on front board. Signed and numbered by the artist.
Colophon: "'Ways to Save the Day' is an exploration of girlhood, emotion and language. It includes text from select books in the American Girl historical series, rewritten and manipulated to draw attention to specific patterns. The following book titles were used to produce the text present in the book: 'Addy Saves the Day', 'Felicity Saves the Day', 'Josefina Saves the Day', Kirsten Saves the Day', Molly Saves the Day', and 'Samantha Saves the day'."
Fowler is interested the elements of personal identity. She uses excerpts from books to create new narratives and to explore societal expectations or "norms" for the individual, especially girls.